Witness the Frontlines of California's Wildfires with New Series 'Cal Fire'

By: Discovery

This year, California's wildfires have been the worst in the state's history.

September 22, 2020

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, is dedicated to fire prevention and protection of California’s privately and publicly-owned wildlands. It's also the lead agency battling the wildfires currently burning across California – the worst in the state’s history. The men and women fighting on the frontlines are true heroes, and now, in partnership with Cal Fire, Discovery will give viewers an inside look at the action.

In the multiplatfrom series CAL FIRE, multiple camera crews have been embedded with the force's frontline firefighters across the state – from Shasta in the North to San Diego in the South for the past three months. They've deployed cutting edge technology, including fire-resistant helmet cameras, to bring viewers an ultra-immersive perspective on the blazes. Crews had to undergo “Red Flag” training and were equipped with special protective gear in order to accompany the firefighters on the fire lines. During California’s most destructive fire season ever, Cal Fire has deployed all of its 7,000 firefighters, and the worst is likely yet to come as they prepare for the fast-approaching Santa Ana wind season in Southern California. With more than 3.5 million acres burned, 6,000 homes destroyed, and more than two dozen lives lost, Cal Fire is waging war on the catastrophic fires.

The series will also dive deep into the stories behind the men and women of Cal Fire who have sacrificed their own lives to protect others. Many firefighters haven’t been home to see their families in weeks as they constantly put the public’s needs above their own.

Discovery will air a first look, CAL FIRE: WEST COAST FIRES on Tuesday, September 22 at 10p ET/PT that delivers an in-depth view at the current wildfires ablaze throughout California. In addition to watching the series on Discovery, viewers can check out new episodes of CAL FIRE each week on the Discovery GO app. Viewers can follow these heroic firefighters during wildfire season now on the GO Original series CAL FIRE, available on the app or at Discovery.com/CalFire. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #CalFire, and follow Discovery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates.

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